April 30, 2013

Famed Attorney to Defend Bomber

A famed death penalty attorney has joined the defense team in the case of the deadly bombings that took place near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Judy Clarke, who has served as criminal defense attorney in several high-profile death penalty cases, will help defend 19-year-old bombing defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction in the bombings that killed three and injured 264 on April 15, 2013. Read more...

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Attorney: Jackson Trial to Get 'Ugly'

AEG Live's lawyer warned jurors that "we're going to show some ugly stuff" as he began the defense's opening statement in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial. The concert promoter has no choice to reveal Jackson's "deepest, darkest secret" because the company must defend itself from the accusation from Jackson's family that it is responsible for the pop icon's death, Marvin Putnam said. Before Putnam began, a Jackson lawyer played for the jury a sentimental song Jackson wrote and recorded for his three children titled "You Are My Life." Read more...

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Woman Guilty of Severing Husband's Penis

A Southern California jury has convicted a woman who was accused of drugging her estranged husband before severing his penis and tossing it in the garbage disposal. Jurors found Catherine Kieu guilty of charges of torture and aggravated mayhem for the July 11, 2011, attack. During trial, the 60-year-old victim testified that his penis could not be reattached and that he felt as though he had been murdered. Deputy District Attorney John Christl told jurors that Kieu, 50, drugged the man's tofu with sleeping pills and screamed "You deserve it!" before attacking him with a 10-inch kitchen knife. Read more...

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Woman Finds Baby on Oahu Beach

Police believe a baby found on an Oahu beach was abandoned. Police spokeswoman Michelle Yu says a woman parked at a beach late Sunday heard several people screaming. A few minutes later the screaming stopped, and the woman heard a baby crying. She walked toward the ocean and saw an infant on the sand. Read more...

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Narconon of Georgia Under Investigation

Narconon of Georgia, a alcohol and drug treatment facility associated with the Church of Scientology, is under investigation for massive insurance fraud. Officials from the Georgia Insurance Commissioner's office and law enforcement served a search warrant at the facility's Norcross offices last week. Investigators hauled off boxes full of documents and more than a dozen computers, according to reports. Read more...

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Prep Wrestling Legend Arrested

Andrew Campolattano lost just once in his entire New Jersey prep wrestling career. Over the weekend, he equaled that total off the mat, getting arrested on felony drug charges. Campolattano and 15 others were charged with selling $13,500 in narcotics and an assault rifle to undercover Ohio police. Read more...


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April 29, 2013

Mom Vanishes During Late Shift

Michigan police are classifying the disappearance of a young mother from her job as a late-shift gas station clerk an abduction. Jessica Heeringa, a 25-year-old mother, vanished from the Exxon station in Norton Shores as she was closing for the night on Friday. Police are searching for a white male around 30 years old, 6-foot tall, driving a silver Chrysler Towne & Country minivan. Read more...

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Opening Statements Set in Jackson Trial

The most complete account of Michael Jackson's final months is about to unfold in a cramped Los Angeles courtroom nearly four years after the pop superstar's death. Lawyers for Jackson's mother will attempt to convince a jury that the company promoting the pop superstar's 2009 comeback concerts is responsible for his untimely death. The attorneys will try to prove that AEG Live hired and controlled the doctor convicted of involuntary manslaughter over Jackson's demise. Read more...

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Court Will Hear George Huguely Appeal

The former University of Virginia lacrosse player who was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend will have his appeal heard by the state Court of Appeals. George W. Huguely V is serving a 23-year sentence for the slaying of fellow student Yeardley Love, a suburban Baltimore woman who was also a U.Va. lacrosse player. The decision this week by a single judge can be challenged by either party. Among the issues the court may examine is whether Huguely was denied the right to counsel when one of his attorneys became sick during the trial. Read more...

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Man Stabs 4 People at Catholic Church

Police say a 24-year-old man stabbed four people at a Catholic church in Albuquerque as a Sunday mass was nearing its end. Police spokesman Robert Gibbs says Lawrence Capener jumped over several pews at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church and walked up to the choir area where he began his attack. The injuries to the four church-goers weren't life-threatening. All four were being treated at hospitals. Read more...

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Intruder Fatally Stabs 8-Year-Old Girl

Authorities have released the name of a young girl who died after being stabbed in her home in rural Northern California. The county coroner identified the girl as 8-year-old Leila Fowler. Initially she was reported as being 9-years-old, but Coroner Kevin Raggio said she would have turned 9 in June. Meanwhile, residents of the tiny community of Valley Springs and Calaveras County are being told to keep their doors locked as authorities continue to search for the little girl's killer. Read more...

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Jeffrey Wright Arrested for Drunk Driving

Jeffrey Wright was arrested for drunk driving in New York City. The "Catching Fire" actor, 47, was reportedly pulled over on a lower East Side street in the early morning hours after police spotted him driving erratically. Officers pulled the actor over in a Toyota Tacoma and conducted a field sobriety test after allegedly detecting the odor of alcohol coming from his vehicle. Read more...

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Another 'Myrtle Manor' Cast Member Arrested

For the second time in three days, police arrested a cast member of "Welcome to Myrtle Manor" on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol. Lindsay Brooke Colbert, 21, was charged Sunday morning with first-offense DUI, liquor law violation, speeding more than 15 over the limit and seatbelt violation. Colbert was arrested and, according to the report, yelled that police was picking on "them" and attempted to insult the officer by making racial slurs and other comments during the ride to Myrtle Beach jail. A breathalyzer administered at the jail showed Colbert had a blood alcohol content of 0.15. Read more...


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April 27, 2013

Michael Skakel Slams Former Lawyer

Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel slammed the attorney who represented him at his murder trial, portraying an overly confident lawyer basking in the limelight while making fundamental mistakes. In his latest appeal, Skakel argued trial attorney Michael Sherman failed to competently defend him when he was convicted in 2002 of killing his Greenwich neighbor in 1975 when they were both 15. Skakel blamed Sherman for making poor jury picks and failing to track down and call witnesses, including singer Michael Bolton and actor Harrison Ford. Read more...

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Remains ID'd as 13-Year-Old Hailey Dunn

The remains of a 13-year-old Texas cheerleader Hailey Dunn have been found more than two years after she was reported missing. An unidentified person contacted authorities after finding the remains near Lake J.B. Thomas in Scurry County on March 16, more than two years after Dunn's mother reported her daughter missing. The girl's disappearance and the cause of her death remain under investigation, Scurry County Sheriff Trey Wilson said at a news conference Friday. The Scurry County District Attorney's Office received written confirmation of the identity of the remains on Friday, he said. Read more...

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Man Charged in 1977 Cold Case

An Indianapolis man has been arrested and charged with murder in the beating death of his girlfriend's 18-month-old son 36 years ago. Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said 57-year-old Michael V. Ackerman was arrested in connection with the Jan. 17, 1977, death of William T. (Billy) Wood, whom Ackerman was babysitting at the time of the child's death. Read more...

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Rasberry Williams' Sentence Commuted

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has granted a commutation request for Rasberry Williams, offering a chance of parole for a man convicted of killing his neighbor outside a pool hall in 1974. Branstad commuted Williams' sentence to life with the possibility of parole. The governor last month held an unusual public hearing on the case to hear from those who supported commutation. The victim's family told Branstad they've forgiven the now 67-year-old Williams. Read more...

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Inmate Missing Since 1999 Surrenders

After 14 years on the run from the FBI and tips from witnesses in two countries, David Lee Kemp turned himself over to authorities in southwest Oklahoma, local authorities said. Kemp, of Lawton, Okla., was the only inmate to elude capture after escaping with eight other inmates on March 11, 1999, while awaiting trial on two first-degree murder counts in the killings of his ex-wife and her boyfriend. Comanche County Sheriff Kenny Stradley said Kemp told police he was done running. Read more...

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Judge Orders Seized Pot Returned

Police in Washington may soon find themselves in real trouble if they ignore a judge's order to return marijuana they seized from a man during a traffic stop. Municipal Court Judge Jack Emery told Tacoma Police to return the drug to Joseph L. Robertson within seven days, or they could be found in contempt. The judge first ordered police to return the drug on Feb. 28, but they have refused. It was seized in May when an officer pulled over the Tacoma man for speeding. He was cited for driving without a license and misdemeanor marijuana possession. Read more...

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3 Pitt Players Detained in Heroin Bust

Three University of Pittsburgh football players were detained in a heroin bust. Drew Carswell, Khaynin Mosley-Smith and Eric Williams were detained for use or possession of drug paraphernalia. Police, undercover officers and SWAT members raided an Oakland, Pa., home and seized 20 bags of heroin, a bong and a grinder. The raid came after an investigation that led to undercover agents purchasing heroin from Darnell Reed-Young. Reed-Young was arrested before police raided the home. Read more...

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'Myrtle Manor' Star Arrested for DUI

A star of Myrtle Manor, a television show based in Myrtle Beach, was arrested early Friday on suspicion that she was driving under the influence of alcohol after officers were called to a vehicle crash, according to authorities. Amanda Lee Adams, 26, was charged with first-offense driving under the influence after officers were called just before 4:30 a.m. in Myrtle Beach for a vehicle crash, according to reports. She blew a 0.20. Read more...




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April 26, 2013

Remains Found Not Lauren Spierer

Remains found in a remote area in Indiana, which some initially suspected may be those of missing college student Lauren Spierer, have been identified as belonging to another woman who vanished a year earlier. Brown County Chief Deputy Coroner Earl Piper said that the remains discovered belong to 26-year-old Kate McGrayel, who was reported missing in April 2010. The remains were found on private property by two women looking for mushrooms. Piper said the identification was made through dental records. No cause of death has been released. Read more...

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Texas Executes Man Convicted in Shotgun Slaying

A Texas inmate has been executed for fatally shooting one of three people he and a partner abducted during a convenience store robbery nearly 11 years ago. Twenty-nine-year-old Richard Cobb received lethal injection for using a 20-gauge shotgun to kill Kenneth Vandever in an East Texas field where two women also were shot and one was raped. The punishment was carried out after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-day appeal. Read more...

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Another Jodi Arias Juror Dismissed

A third juror has been dismissed in the Jodi Arias murder trial in Phoenix. The juror's dismissal leaves 15 people on the jury panel to decide Arias' fate. No reason for the dismissal was immediately announced. Arias faces a potential death sentence if convicted of first-degree murder in the June 2008 killing of her one-time boyfriend Travis Alexander at his suburban Phoenix home. Read more...

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School Searched in Ohio Rape Case

Search warrants were executed at Steubenville High School and the offices of the Steubenville Board of Education as part of the ongoing investigation into the rape of a teenage girl that was captured in social media posts, the Ohio Attorney General's Office said. Two star high school football players, 17-year-old Trent Mays and 16-year-old Ma'lik Richmond, were found guilty in juvenile court of the sexual assault of the 16-year-old girl, who authorities say was intoxicated. The court has sealed the findings of the search warrants, which came just days before a grand jury is scheduled to convene in the case. Read more...

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Man Charged for Killing Teen Burglers

A Minnesota man accused of killing two teenagers who broke into his home last year has been charged with first-degree murder. A grand jury indicted Byron Smith under seal Wednesday on two counts of first-degree murder with premeditation. The 64-year-old Smith initially was charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the November deaths of 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer. Read more...

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Bomber's Body Remains Unclaimed

The body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev lies unclaimed in a state morgue. Authorities had not yet determined a cause of death on Wednesday, and no one had stepped forward to claim the body, said Terrel Harris, a spokesman for the Massachusetts state medical examiner. The suspects' mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaev, said she wanted her son to be buried near a Cambridge mosque and told CNN earlier in the week that family members had arranged for a funeral on Tuesday or Wednesday. Read more...

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Man Declared Innocent in 1993 Murder

An Illinois man who spent more than 13 years in prison before his murder conviction was thrown out was formally declared innocent Thursday in the 1993 slaying of a college student. After a judge agreed to his motion for a declaration of innocence, Alan Beaman calmly walked out of an Urbana courtroom and told reporters he was relieved but that he had expected the outcome. "It's over," Beaman said. Read more...

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Slain Family Members Identified

Police identified the victims in the grisly shooting deaths of five people in a tiny south-central Illinois town the day before — but why they were gunned down remains a mystery. A pregnant mother, father and their two young boys as well as a grandmother were identified as the victims in shooting rampage in a Manchester, Ill., officials said. State police say the victims are: Brantley Ralston,1, Nolan Ralston, 5, and their parents James Ralston, 23 and Brittney Luark, 23. Jo Ann Sinclair, 57, Luark's grandmother was also identified as among the dead. Read more...

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Inmate Died of Meth Overdose

An autopsy shows that an inmate found unresponsive in his cell at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary died from a methamphetamine overdose. Mark Stacey was found in his cell Dec. 9 and pronounced dead later that night. According to court records, two balloons containing methamphetamine were found in Stacey's gastrointestinal system. An affidavit says one of the balloons was intact and another had ruptured. Read more...

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Smoking Pot Off Duty Can Get You Fired

Coloradans may be able to legally smoke pot now — but lighting up a joint, even off the clock, can still get you fired. Although Centennial State voters approved a measure last fall to legalize marijuana use, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that employees can still be fired for testing positive for the drug -- even if they never show up to work impaired. A divided panel of judges decided that because marijuana use is illegal under federal law, employees are not protected from being terminated for using it. Read more...

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Yankees Prospect Williams Charged With DUI

Highly regarded Yankees prospect Mason Williams was reportedly arrested in Tampa, Fla., early Thursday and charged with driving under the influence. Williams is ranked by MLB.com as the No. 2 prospect in the Yankees' system. According to a New York Daily News report, the outfielder blew below the legal limit of .08 in two breath tests, but did not pass a field sobriety test given when the 21-year-old displayed "clues of impairment." Read more...




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April 25, 2013

Five Killed in Illinois Home

Authorities in central Illinois have yet to identify the five people who are believed to have been shot to death in their home by a man who was later gunned down by police. The nephew of Manchester's mayor shot to death two women, two boys and a man before leading police on a chase that ended in an exchange of gunfire that left him dead, authorities said. Read more...

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Bomber Plotted While on State Welfare

One of the men behind last week's deadly attack on the Boston Marathon had received Massachusetts welfare benefits until recently -- during the same period that the alienation he apparently felt as a Chechen in America coincided with a growing embrace of radical Islam. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and his family were living on taxpayer-funded state welfare benefits as recently as last year, though it remains unclear what kind of benefits they were receiving. Read more...

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Child Kidnapper-Rapist Arrested in Mexico

A convicted felon suspected in the kidnapping and rape of a 10- year-old California girl who was snatched from her bedroom last month was arrested early in Mexico and returned to Los Angeles, FBI officials said. Tobias Dustin Summers, also a reputed member of a white supremacist street gang in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, was wanted on 37 criminal counts stemming from the March 27 kidnapping, the FBI said. The girl was abducted from her home in the middle of the night, driven to various locations in two vehicles and raped before being dropped off near a hospital, according to police. Read more...

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Steven Powell to Leave Prison Early

Steven Powell, the father of the Washington state man who killed himself and two children by blowing up their home, will serve less than a year in prison, a Washington state prison official said. Powell, who was in prison for voyeurism, is due to be released May 23, the spokesman for the Washington State Department of Corrections said. Read more...

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Teen Boys Charged With Murdering Couple

Two teens have been charged with murdering an elderly couple at a cabin in Missouri. Anthony Zarron, 17, from Spring, Texas, and 16-year-old Christopher Allen from Nashville, Tenn. allegedly escaped from a juvenile rehabilitation facility in January - the Lives Under Construction Boys Ranch - and fatally beat and stabbed Paul Brian Brooks, 70, and his wife Margaret Brooks, 69, who were on vacation. Circuit Court Judge Judge Alan Blankenship ruled that the teens will be tried as adults. Read more...

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1968 Hit-and-Run Driver Identified

Authorities say a Facebook posting has helped police figure out who was driving a car that fatally struck a 4-year-old upstate New York girl 45 years ago. The Fulton Police Department says that 62-year-old Douglas Parkhurst has been identified as the driver of a car that failed to stop after hitting Carolee Sadie Ashby on Halloween night in 1968. Police say he won't be charged because the statute of limitations has expired. Police say Carolee was crossing a street with her 15-year-old sister and cousin when she was hit. The driver was never caught. Read more...

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Louisiana Will Not Enforce Gun Laws

The Louisiana House has voted to ban enforcement of any federal restrictions on owning semi-automatic weapons. The 67-25 vote followed more than an hour of contentious debate. Supporters say the measure is a protection of individual and states' rights. Opponents argue that Louisiana can't choose which federal laws it will enforce. They say the proposed law wouldn't stand up to a challenge of the "supremacy clause" of the U.S. Constitution. Read more...

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DUI Defendant Shows Up Drunk

An Ellsworth man on his way into the McLean County Law and Justice Center to dispute a drunken-driving charge came to the building intoxicated and struck a court security officer during a struggle for his car keys, police said. When officers questioned Michael D. Schroyer, 48, about his alleged unsteady gait and asked if he had been drinking, Schroyer responded, "Hell, yeah. I drink every day," according to sheriff's police reports. Read more...




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April 24, 2013

Judge Delays 'In Cold Blood' Auction

A Kansas judge has temporarily blocked the auction of investigation files of the 1959 murders of the Clutter family known as the "In Cold Blood" slayings. Judge Larry Hendricks ruled that he wanted to personally view the files, that were kept at the home of KBI agent Harold Nye, before making a final decision. Read more...

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Man Gets Life for Killing 2 Sisters

A 32-year-old northwest Missouri man has been sentenced to two life terms after pleading guilty to killing two sisters while he was high on methamphetamine. Clifford Miller, of Trimble, pleaded guilty in Platte County Circuit Court to two counts of first-degree murder. A judge sentenced him to two life terms without the possibility of parole in the July 2012 deaths of 19-year-old Britny Haarup and 22-year-old Ashley Key. Read more...

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Man Charged After Severed Head Found

Authorities found a Minnesota man's severed head in the trunk of a car and other body parts in the basement of a Milwaukee home, according to a criminal complaint charging a central Wisconsin man with first-degree intentional homicide. A judge ordered Kou Thao, 26, held on a $1 million cash bond during an initial appearance. The Wausau man is scheduled for a preliminary hearing May 1. Read more...

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4 Charged in Hazing Death

Police arrested three men and sought a fourth on hazing charges related to the death of one Virginia State University freshman and the disappearance of another. The four are connected to an organization known as "Men of Honor" that conducted an initiation Saturday that required seven male VSU students to walk through the swift, rain-swollen Appomattox River, police said. While some were pulled to safety, two were swept away by the rapids. Read more...

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Couple Stabbed by Longtime Friend

Jamie Kirk Hahn, 29, was being treated at WakeMed in Raleigh for what authorities say were serious injuries from the Monday evening attack at their Releigh home. Her husband, Nation Richard Hahn, 27, was treated and later released. Police have charged Jonathan Wayne Broyhill, 31, with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. He was also at WakeMed Tuesday recovering from injuries. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:49 AM

Man Arrested After Daughter, 6, Eats Meth

A 28-year-old Seattle man has been arrested in Oregon after his 6-year-old daughter ate methamphetamine from a baggie in his car, sheriff's officials said. Authorities said the little girl had an upset stomach after the incident, but is otherwise in good health. She was placed in foster care. The father, Elijah Benbow, 28, of Seattle was booked on charges including child neglect and meth possession. Read more...

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'Teen Mom' Jenelle Evans Arested for Heroin

"Teen Mom 2? star Jenelle Evans was arrested in Caswell Beach, NC for possession with intent to manufacture, sell, distribute heroin, simple assault and simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance. The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office also served Evans with an outstanding warrant for failure to pay child support. Read more...




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April 23, 2013

Jury Chosen in Michael Jackson Case

A jury was chosen in the $40 billion civil lawsuit over the death of Michael Jackson that pits the pop star's mother against concert promoters AEG Live. After a month-long search for a jury, six men and six women were seated to hear what could be an emotional three-month trial that will revisit the checkered life and 2009 death of the "King of Pop" on the eve of a planned comeback. Three alternate jurors still have to be chosen, clearing the way for opening statements to begin possibly later this week or early next week. Read more...

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Expert Casts Doubt on Skakel Confessions

An expert on coerced confessions is casting doubt on testimony that Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel (SKAY'-kul) confessed to a 1975 murder, saying the statements were made at a reform school where he was subject to beatings and humiliation. Richard Ofshe said in Rockville Superior Court that the testimony was not reliable because of the environment. He also said one of the accounts contained details at odds with the crime. Read more...

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Religion Motive for Boston Bombers

The two brothers suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon appear to have been motivated by a radical brand of Islam but do not seem connected to any Muslim terrorist groups, U.S. officials said after interrogating and charging Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with crimes that could bring the death penalty. Tsarnaev, 19, was charged in his hospital room, where he was in serious condition with a gunshot wound to the throat and other injuries suffered during his attempted getaway. His older brother, Tamerlan, 26, died Friday after a fierce gunbattle with police. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 08:51 AM

Man Killed Live-In Girlfriend, 3 Others

A 28-year-old man fatally shot and killed his live-in girlfriend inside an apartment south of Seattle, then went on a rampage that left three men dead, including a neighbor who had phoned 911 to report hearing gunfire, authorities said. Arriving officers found a chaotic scene in Federal Way, and authorities say officers twice shot at the suspect, in a stairway and in a parking lot. Read more...

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'Three Doors Down' Bassist Charged With DUI

Robert Todd Harrell, bassist of the rock band 3 Doors Down, was charged with vehicular homicide after causing a car crash that took the life of another man on the road Friday, according to police. Harrell, 41, was reportedly under the influence of several narcotics including hard cider, prescription Lortab and Xanax, according to police reports. The crash took the life of Paul Howard Shoulders Jr., 47, who was ejected from his pickup truck after the vehicle lost control. Police reports say he was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Read more...




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April 22, 2013

Charges Delayed for Boston Bomber

The capture of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect raises a host of freighted legal issues for a society still feeling the shadow of Sept. 11, including whether he should be read a Miranda warning, how he should be charged, where he might be tried and whether the bombings on Boylston Street last Monday were a crime or an act of war. The suspect, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, was taken, bleeding, to a hospital on Friday night, and it remained unclear whether he was conscious. Read more...

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Jurors Voice Anti-Jackson Opinions

Lawyers in the wrongful death lawsuit brought by Michael Jackson's mother began using challenges to reject prospective jurors but were confronted with a new set of panelists who had strong opinions critical of the superstar singer. The search was to continue for jurors who could be impartial toward Jackson and AEG, the company that promoted Jackson's ill-fated "This is It" concert. No sooner had the attorneys excused two panelists for bias and used five of their 16 peremptory challenges to remove others without stating a cause than they were confronted with new problems. Read more...

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Gunfire Erupts at Colorado Pot Event

Authorities are hunting for suspects after shooting broke out during a massive marijuana celebration in Denver, leaving two people with gunshot wounds. The gunfire scattered thousands attending Saturday's 4/20 counterculture holiday, the first since Colorado legalized marijuana. A man and a woman each suffered non-life threatening gunshot wounds, officials said. Local media reports said a third person was grazed. Read more...

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Reese Witherspoon and Husband Arrested

Reese Witherspoon and her husband, CAA agent James Toth, were arrested and briefly jailed early Friday morning in Atlanta, Ga., after he was pulled over under suspicion of driving while intoxicated, confirmed an official at the city's Dept. of Corrections. While Toth is facing a DUI charge after driving in the wrong lane, Witherspoon was also arrested on a disorderly conduct charge according to a police report. She was handcuffed after disobeying repeated instruction from the arresting officer, with whom she verbally sparred, to stay inside the vehicle. Read more...

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Sportscaster Al Michaels Charged With DUI

The man revered for yelling "Do you believe in miracles?" as the U.S. hockey team upset the mighty Soviets in the 1980 Winter Olympics was arrested and charged with misdemeanor DUI in Southern California, Santa Monica police said. Sgt. Ryan Gradle said Michaels, the current play-by-play announcer for NBC's "Sunday Night Football," was extremely cooperative and was released on his own recognizance. Michaels was arrested shortly before 10 p.m., then spent a little more than five hours in the Santa Monica City Jail, the Los Angeles Inmate Information Center said. Read more...




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April 20, 2013

Capture Brings Relief to Boston

Residents of Boston will attempt to return to normal after the death of one suspect and the capture of another following a week that included fatal bombings at the Boston Marathon, the murder of a campus officer, a explosive-tossing shootout in the streets and a final shootout at a boat in a Watertown backyard. Residents and police officer alike cheered and applauded when the last of the suspects was taken into custody. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:10 AM

Found Purse Was Not Bobo's

Tennessee investigators and the mother of a nursing student missing for two years say a purse found this week is not that of Holly Bobo. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Kristin Helm said that Bobo's mother had seen just a photo of the purse two days ago and thought it was her daughter's. But after seeing it in person Friday, Karen Bobo said it wasn't. Neighborhood dogs had found the purse in the hills in west Tennessee on Wednesday, prompting a search for other clues. But nothing was found. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:09 AM

2 Arrested in 4 Montana Deaths

Two men were arrested in Montana on suspicion of negligent homicide hours after four bodies were removed from a burned-out mobile home near Billings, but authorities on Friday were releasing no details on how the victims died or their connection to the suspects. Zaccary John Kern and Robert Eric Bottenhagen, both 21 and from Billings, were arrested without incident after being interviewed by detectives, Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder said. Jail records show each man faces four counts of negligent homicide and a felony arson charge. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:09 AM

Woman Accused of Helping Brother in Murder

A Skowhegan woman accused of helping her brother kill his ex-wife made her initial court appearance. Michelle D. Corson, 43, was shown on a television screen linked to Somerset County Jail in Madison, where she has remained since being arrested. She is accused of helping her brother Aaron Desjardins, 36, of Epping, N.H., murder his ex-wife, Amanda "Amy" Warf of Hampton, N.H., who was found dead on March 7 in Exeter, N.H. Desjardins' current wife, Sarah Desjardins, 34, is charged with conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit hindering apprehension or prosecution. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:09 AM

Parents Charged With Murder of Baby

The Chicago parents of a baby girl who authorities said died after being smothered by her father are facing first-degree murder charges. Cook County prosecutors announced the upgraded charges, four days after 5-month-old Angelina Rodriguez died. Rigoberto "Rico" Rodriguez, 29, and Angela Petrov, 21, initially faced aggravated battery charges after the girl was found unresponsive April 11 in their West Rogers Park home. The couple, due in court Monday, are being held without bail. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:08 AM

Florida Makes Funeral Protesting a Crime

Florida is making it a crime to protest within 500 feet of a funeral. The Florida Legislature has passed and Gov. Rick Scott has signed the so-called Funeral Buffer bill. It allows judges to sentence offenders to prison for up to one year. The new law will apply to all funerals, but it was prompted by protests at military funerals around the country. It bans protests within one hour before a funeral service and one hour afterward. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:08 AM

UM Linebacker Arrested on Drug Charges

University of Miami football player Gabe Terry has been arrested on felony drug charges. Terry, 19, a backup outside linebacker and rising sophomore, has been suspended indefinitely from the football team, according to Chris Freet, spokesperson for the university's athletic department. Terry had 26.8 grams of marijuana, when Coral Gables Police arrested him. Possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana is a felony. Read more...




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April 19, 2013

Bombing Suspect Images Released

The FBI released video of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing at a press conference and asked for the public's help in identifying the two men. Calling the two men "suspect one" and "suspect two," FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers stressed they are considered armed and "extremely dangerous" and that citizens should not approach them, but rather contact law enforcement if they know or see them. See videos...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:28 AM

Skakel's Temper Kept Him Off Stand

A Connecticut trial attorney has defended his decision not to have Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel testify at his 2002 murder trial, saying he has a temper. Attorney Michael Sherman says he wasn't worried Skakel would "blow up," but he was concerned he could show anger and the jury would see that. Sherman says Skakel agreed he probably shouldn't testify. Skakel's current attorney says he wanted to testify. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:28 AM

Grandmother Gets 22 Years for Murder

A 75-year-old Detroit-area woman convicted of murder in the fatal shooting of her teen grandson was sentenced to at least 22 years in prison, despite a plea from her lawyer that she may not survive a long stay. Sandra Layne got a minimum sentence of 20 years for second-degree murder, along with a mandatory two-year sentence for using a gun to kill 17-year-old Jonathan Hoffman. Hoffman was shot six times, including twice in the back, last spring in Oakland County's West Bloomfield Township. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:28 AM

Purse Find Sparks New Bobo Search

A new search is under way for missing nursing student Holly Bobo after a dog found what appears to be the woman's purse not far from her rural Tennessee home, a law enforcement official said. Bobo, a nursing student at the University of Tennessee at Martin, was last seen two years ago by her 25-year-old brother, Clint, who reported seeing her being taken into the woods by an unidentified man dressed in camouflage. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:27 AM

Juror Jailed for Texting During Trial

A judge in Oregon noticed an unexpected glow on a juror's chest while the courtroom lights were dimmed during video evidence in an armed-robbery trial. The juror, it seemed, was texting. Marion County Circuit Judge Dennis Graves cleared the courtroom and excused all jurors except 26-year-old Benjamin Kohler. According to a news release from the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Kohler had no explanation for his actions. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:27 AM

Four Shot in Ohio Basement

An official in northeast Ohio says four adults have been found dead in the basement of a townhome. The head of the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority says the four bodies were discovered Thursday on Akron's northeast side. Police are telling media outlets that two men and two women had been shot in the head. Housing Authority executive director Tony O'Leary says police told his office that no weapons were found in the townhome. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:26 AM

Woman Gets 4 Years for Fatal DUI Crash

A woman who was sentenced to 30 months in prison for DUI manslaughter in May 2011 has been resentenced by order of the Florida's First District Court of Appeal. Franziska Schroff will serve a four-year minimum mandatory prison term, then spend two years under house arrest and another nine years on probation. Okaloosa County Circuit Court Judge William Stone originally suspended all but 30 months of a 15-year sentence for Schroff, who was driving under the influence when she hit a utility pole and killed a passenger in her car. Read more...




Posted by Webmaster at 01:25 AM

April 18, 2013

Ethan Patz Suspect Wants Charges Dropped

Saying his client is insane and his confession was false, the attorney for the man accused of killing a 6-year-old boy in New York in 1979 has asked that the murder charges be dropped. Harvey Fishbein, the lawyer for Pedro Hernandez, said there is no evidence to support the claims his client made in his confession. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:35 AM

Man Arrested for Ricin Letters

The FBI has identified a Mississippi man suspected of mailing letters containing poisonous ricin as 45-year-old Paul Kevin Curtis. FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen said Curtis was arrested at his apartment in Corinth, near the Tennessee state line about 100 miles east of Memphis. Authorities still waited for definitive tests on the letters sent to President Barack Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:35 AM

Woman Arrested in Slain D.A. Case

The wife of a jailed former justice of the peace in the Texas county where a district attorney and his wife were found dead in their home in March was arrested and booked into Kaufman County jail. Kim Lene Williams was admitted just before 3 a.m. local time. Online jail records did not list any charges. Her husband, Eric Williams, remained an inmate at Kaufman County jail after being booked on Saturday. He is being held on $3 million bond on one charge of making a terroristic threat and two charges of insufficient bond. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:35 AM

Man Charged After Body Found in Trunk

Mesquite police have arrested and charged a suspect with murder after a man's body was found in the trunk of his own vehicle. On the morning of April 16, police received a report that John Warren McMillen, 69, was missing. Investigators located McMillen's vehicle in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Mesquite. He was found dead in the trunk of the vehicle. Investigators obtained information which led them to arrest Randy Wilson Wright on the same day. Wright has been charged with capital murder. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:35 AM

Man Charged in 1996 Murder

A man serving time in a Missouri prison has confessed to the 1996 murder of a Raytown woman whose body was discovered near a cemetery in northwest Missouri. Michael R. Wilson, 55, was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in the death of 36-year-old Therese Campen. Andrew County Prosecutor Steve Stevenson announced that Wilson said Campen picked him up in a vehicle in Raytown. He allegedly confessed to strangling her with a rubber hose and drug her body into woods in the small town of Amazonia. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:34 AM

Trial Begins in Penis Cutting Case

A Southern California prosecutor says a jealous wife yelled "You deserve it" before severing her estranged husband's penis with a 10-inch kitchen knife and throwing it in a garbage disposal. A jury heard opening statements Wednesday in the case of 50-year-old Catherine Kieu, who is accused of drugging her husband's tofu with sleeping pills and tying him to a bed before the attack. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:34 AM

FDA Blocks Generic OxyContin

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has rejected the manufacture of generic versions of OxyContin in it's original form. The agency said that the risk of original OxyContin outweighs the benefits of the drug, because of its potential to be abused. The decision was announced on the day the drug's patent expired, the point at which other manufacturers would have been able to produce generic versions. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:34 AM

Court Rejects Warrantless Blood Tests

A man charged with drunk driving won his case at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, after the justices concluded police should have first obtained a warrant before conducting a blood test against his will, shortly after arrest. At issue was a balancing test between timely gathering of accurate evidence and privacy interests. The high court struck down Missouri's guidelines giving police broad discretion to forego getting a judge's prior approval before executing a search. Read more...





Posted by Webmaster at 02:33 AM

April 17, 2013

Boston Bombs Were 'Homemade Claymores'

The deadly explosions at the Boston Marathon were caused by pressure cooker bombs placed to act like a "homemade claymore," a powerful, directional anti-personnel device, sources involved in the investigation said. These and other sources say that the bombs appear to have included a battery pack and a circuit board, the elements they said of a sophisticated triggering mechanism. Both of those elements were recovered at the scene, they said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:58 AM

Jodi Arias' Defense Rests

Defense attorneys in Jodi Arias' murder trial rested their case after about 2 1/2 months of testimony aimed at portraying the defendant as a victim of domestic violence who was forced to fight for her life on the day she killed her one-time boyfriend. The trial is expected to continue at least several more weeks before jurors begin deliberations. Testimony in the trial began in early January with opening statements, followed by the prosecutor making quick work of the state's case, concluding in less than two weeks. Defense attorneys began calling witnesses on Jan. 29. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:58 AM

Man Executed for Killing of Teen

A North Texas man convicted in the fatal shooting of a teenager during a carjacking outside a nightclub 12 years ago has been executed. Forty-year-old Ronnie Threadgill received lethal injection in Huntsville less than two hours after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-day appeal. Threadgill expressed love to friends and supporters and said he was "going to a better place." Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:58 AM

Skakel Trial Lawyer Slammed

The former attorney for Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel was accused of getting caught up in the media spotlight surrounding his client's high-profile murder trial and making fundamental errors from jury selection through closing arguments. Skakel's latest appeal trial began with his former lawyer defending himself against accusations he failed to competently defend Skakel when he was convicted of murder in 2002. Skakel, the 52-year-old nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel, is serving 20 years to life in prison for the 1975 golf club bludgeoning of Greenwich neighbor Martha Moxley when both of them were 15. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:57 AM

DNA Prompts New Trial for 1989 Rape

A judge in Cheyenne has granted Wyoming's first retrial based on DNA evidence. Andrew J. Johnson has served more than 23 years of a life-in-prison sentence after being convicted of breaking into a Cheyenne woman's apartment and raping her in 1989. Laramie County District Judge Thomas Campbell granted Johnson a new trial. Recent testing shows Johnson was not the source of male DNA taken from the victim after the attack. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:57 AM

Former UGA Football Coach Charged

Federal prosecutors have charged former University of Georgia football coach Jim Donnan and a business partner with operating a Ponzi scheme. U.S. District Attorney Michael J. Moore in Macon announced the 85-count indictment. The indictment says Donnan and Gregory L. Crabtree of Proctorville, Ohio, ran the scheme between 2008 and 2010. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:56 AM

Brewers' Yovani Gallardo Arrested for DUI

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo was arrested and charged with drunken driving after authorities say he was traveling on a city highway near Miller Park with a blood-alcohol content nearly three times the legal limit. Deputies responded about 2 a.m. to a report of a possibly intoxicated driver, Milwaukee County sheriff's spokeswoman Fran McLaughlin said. She said a caller reported seeing a driver repeatedly swerving between lanes, and deputies spotted Gallardo driving alone at 40 mph in a 55-mph zone. Read more...




Posted by Webmaster at 01:41 AM

April 16, 2013

Boston Bombing Investigation Intensifies

Three people were killed and at least 140 injured when two bombs exploded within seconds of each other near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. As dozens of victims were being treated in area hospitals, the FBI took the lead in the investigation into what the agency described as a "potential terrorist investigation." The fatalities included an 8-year-old boy, law enforcement sources said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:46 AM

Lauren Spierer Billboards Rebuilt

Bloomington firefighters are rebuilding weathered signs featuring the image of an Indiana University student who disappeared nearly two years ago. The 20 large, wooden-framed signs were constructed after Lauren Spierer was last seen on June 3, 2011, following a night of partying with friends in downtown Bloomington. City firefighters are also hanging new posters of the apparel merchandising student from Greenburgh, N.Y., who vanished when she was 20. Bloomington firefighter Lee Chapman said Spierer's mother wrote firefighters a letter thanking them for their efforts to keep Lauren's image prominent in Bloomington. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:45 AM

Maine 'Hermit' Gets Bail Offer

The man who spent nearly three decades in the woods of Maine before his high-profile arrest earlier this month has attracted a marriage proposal and a stranger's offer to bail him out, prompting authorities to dramatically increase his bail amid fears he could be targeted for exploitation. Christopher Knight, known as the North Pond Hermit to locals, spent 27 years in the woods with virtually no contact with other people. But in the short time since his arrest he's had a lot of people trying to get close to him, officials said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:45 AM

Arias Trial to Feature Victim Photos

Defense lawyers and the prosecutor in the Jodi Arias trial had a series of sharp exchanges over allegations of attorney misconduct and whether digitally enhanced photos of the victim should be presented for the jury as it decides whether to convict the former waitress and aspiring photographer of murder. The arguments between prosecutor Juan Martinez and defense lawyer Kirk Nurmi showed how acrimonious the trial has become between the two sides after more than three months of testimony. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:45 AM

Babysitter Indicted on Murder Charge

A grand jury indicted a baby sitter on a murder charge in the death of a 2-year-old boy left in her care. Brenda Kay Garner, 35, will be tried for second-degree murder in the death of Garrett King from blunt-force trauma Nov. 15, according to police and the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office. Officers arrested Garner shortly afterward on a felony charge of child abuse and neglect. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:44 AM

Crowds to Test New Pot Laws on 4/20

Thousands of people are expected to join an unofficial counterculture holiday celebrating marijuana in Colorado and Washington this coming weekend, including out-of staters and even packaged tours. The events and crowds will test the limits of new laws permitting pot use by adults. More than 50,000 are expected to light up outdoors in Denver's Civic Center Park on April 20 to celebrate marijuana legalization. Thousands more are headed here for the nation's first open-to-all Cannabis Cup, April 20-21, a domestic version of an annual marijuana contest and celebration in Amsterdam. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:44 AM

'Honey Badger' Failed 10 LSU Drug Tests

Apparently the Honey Badger missed out on D.A.R.E. and just said yes, over and over. Former LSU cornerback and NFL prospect Tyrann Mathieu, known as the "Honey Badger," told an NFL team he failed so many drug tests in college that he quit counting at 10. But based on one NFL's coach reaction, it seems Mathieu's honesty really was the best policy. State and federal regulations require professional athletes to submit to regular drug testing. Because athletes get tested so often, an assistant coach for one NFL team felt Mathieu's statement said just as much about LSU as it did about Mathieu: "If he flunked 10 tests before they suspended him, it shows that he got no kind of help," he said.
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Posted by Webmaster at 12:44 AM

April 15, 2013

Skakel's Attorney Files Another Appeal

Michael Skakel has once again appealed his conviction for the 1995 murder of his Greenwich neighbor Martha Moxley. Skakel, who is the nephew of Ethel Kennedy and who apparently has access to unlimited legal resources, is claiming he had inadequate counsel at his trial. Skakel claims Michael "Mickey" Sherman should have conducted more extensive investigations into the evidence presented against him. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:42 AM

Teen Pleads Not Guilty in Ridgeway Case

The Colorado teenager accused of killing 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway pleaded not guilty on all counts he is facing, a court spokesman said. Austin Sigg is accused of strangling young Jessica, dismembering her and placing some of her body parts in a crawlspace under his family's home. Sigg, who lived about one mile from Ridgeway family, was 17 at the time of the killing and was charged as an adult. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:42 AM

Texas Lab Examines Molly Bish Evidence

Massachusetts authorities are sending evidence from the Molly Bish murder investigation to a Texas lab for forensic testing, the Telegram and Gazette reported. Bish was 16 in 2000 and working as a lifeguard at Comins Pond in Warren when she disappeared. Investigators have said she was abducted and then killed. The murder remains unsolved. Timothy J. Connolly, a spokesman for District Attorney Joseph D. Early, declined to tell the Telegram what items would be sent to the Dallas lab for testing, but did say that some of the evidence gathered in connection with the investigation has been tested in the past. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:41 AM

Women Deny Hiding Stoller Gun

The mother and older sister of a coastal Georgia teenager charged with killing a baby last month are pleading not guilty to charges that they tried to dispose of a gun police believe was used in the slaying. Karimah Elkins and her 19-year-old daughter, Sabrina Elkins, entered written pleas. Both are charged with evidence tampering in the case against 18-year-old De'Marquise Elkins. He faces a malice murder charge and other counts in the March 21 slaying of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago in coastal Brunswick. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:41 AM

Dealer Auctions Dorner's Gun

A gun once owned by a rogue former LAPD officer who killed four people before fatally shooting himself after a frenzied manhunt is being auctioned by a southern Nevada pawn gun dealer. George Bramlett, at Bargain Pawn in North Las Vegas, thinks the .38 Special that Christopher Dorner sold him in January – one month before Dorner's revenge-fueled killing spree began – might fetch a couple of thousand dollars. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:40 AM

School District Sue False Accuser

The Long Beach Unified School District is suing a woman who falsely accused a former high school football star of rape in hopes of recovering legal fees and a $750,000 settlement paid to her. The district alleged Wanetta Gibson committed contractual fraud in a lawsuit filed last November. Gibson was 15 when she accused Brian Banks of attacking her on their high school campus. He insisted the sexual contact with Gibson was consensual, but pleaded no contest to forcible rape on the advice of his lawyer and spent more than five years in prison. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:39 AM

Gov. Must Reduce Prison Population

A panel of three federal judges has roundly rejected California Governor Jerry Brown's contention that his state's prisons are no longer overcrowded, and ordered the state to continue to reduce its inmate population. The judges, in an opinion issued on Thursday, denied the state's request to be released from a court-imposed cap that limits California's ability to hold more than roughly a third more prisoners than its facilities were built to house. They also demanded that the state develop a detailed plan to carry out its order, due in three weeks, and in a strongly worded statement reminded Brown that he must comply with the court's orders. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:39 AM

Comedian Kevin Hart Arrested for DUI

Authorities say comedian Kevin Hart was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after his black Mercedes nearly collided with a tanker trunk on a Southern California freeway. California Highway Patrol Officer Ed Jacobs says Hart appeared intoxicated when he was pulled over before dawn on Highway 101 in Los Angeles. Hart failed a field sobriety test and was booked for misdemeanor DUI. He was released after payment of a $5,000 bond. Read more...




Posted by Webmaster at 01:38 AM

April 12, 2013

Interstate Shooter Nabbed in Columbia

A fugitive wanted in the 2006 shooting of a motorist along Interstate 81 in northeastern Pennsylvania has been captured in South America. U.S. Marshal Martin J. Pane of Scranton says that John Caro was arrested in Medellin, Colombia. Police say Caro argued with a woman at a Luzerne County strip club in December 2006, then followed her after she left. Caro allegedly pulled alongside the woman's car in Lackawanna County and shot at her from his vehicle. The victim was treated for gunshot wounds in the face and neck. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:51 AM

More Twists in the Chandra Levy Case

The Chandra Levy murder mystery twisted again and again, as defense attorneys asked pointed questions about a "blood-curdling scream" allegedly heard in Levy's apartment building on the day she disappeared. And for the first time, the judge made public the name of the prosecution witness whose credibility has been called into question in recent months. The witness, former Fresno gang member Armando Morales, was the key to the prosecution's successful case against Salvadoran immigrant Ingmar Guandique, who was convicted of Levy's murder. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:51 AM

2nd Man Arrested in Prison Chief's Death

A second white supremacist prison gang member whose name surfaced during an investigation into the slaying of Colorado's prisons chief was arrested, authorities said. Colorado Springs authorities arrested Thomas Guolee, 31, around 5:30 p.m., according to El Paso County sheriff's officials. He was being held without bond for a parole violation. Investigators have said Guolee isn't a suspect in the shooting death of Colorado Department of Corrections head Tom Clements, but his name and that of fellow 211 Crew member James Lohr came up during the investigation. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:50 AM

Arias Sells Art for Money From Jail

Jodi Arias is apparently profiting from the notoriety she has received since killing her one-time boyfriend, selling drawings from jail on a website operated by a third party, her mother said. The website, which also accepts donations, offers her original art work, noting authenticity in the form of the following: "All pieces created after January 26, 2013 are authenticated with Jodi Arias' right thumbprint." Her mother, Sandra Arias, said the site is, indeed, Jodi's. The money is being used to help pay for family expenses while attending the trial, she said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:50 AM

Zimmerman's Mom Blasts News Media

In a scathing letter released on the anniversary of George Zimmerman's arrest in Trayvon Martin's shooting death, Zimmerman's mother writes that her son was charged "solely to placate the masses," and that the news media helped pass on a false narrative against an innocent man. "April 11, 2012, will be forever remembered by the Zimmerman family as the day the justice system failed us as Americans, and as a consequence an innocent man was arrested for a crime he did not commit, solely to placate the masses," Gladys Zimmerman wrote. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:50 AM

Aspiring Serial Killer Pronounced Dead

When Derek Richardson was arrested earlier this year and charged with killing two area women, police said they were convinced he would have killed again. But in the end the only other life Richardson would take was his own. Clay County officials announced that the 27-year-old Kansas City, North, man died at a hospital where he was taken Sunday after a jail cell suicide attempt. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:49 AM

Jeremiah Wright's Daughter Indicted

The daughter of President Barack Obama's former pastor was indicted on charges of money laundering and lying to the feds. Jeri L. Wright, daughter of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, is accused of participating in a fraud scheme allegedly orchestrated by former Country Club Hills Police Chief Regina Evans and her husband involving a $1.25 million state grant, the station says. Jeri Wright, 47, of Hazel Crest, Ill., is charged with two counts of money laundering, two counts of making false statements to federal law enforcement officers and seven counts of giving false testimony before a grand jury. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:49 AM

Miami Students Sickened by Brownies

Police arrested a 22-year-old man on drug charges after nine Miami high school students were hospitalized after eating what officials described as brownies containing an unidentified substance. Authorities charged Dionisio Lockridge with possession of marijuana and cocaine and found brownies similar to the ones eaten by the students during a search in his house, officials said. Paramedics were called to the Miami Coral Park Senior High School shortly after classes started when several students complained of feeling ill. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:49 AM

DUI Was Wake-Up for WR Kenny Stills

"Looking back at that situation now, it's the worst/best thing that has happened to me," Kenny Stills said. "To learn from that situation in college and the repercussion being sitting out a game - and embarrassing myself, my family and my team - I let everybody down. I let my parents down, let my team down. It's something you never want to experience again." Read more...




Posted by Webmaster at 12:48 AM

April 11, 2013

'Rockefeller' Imposter Guilty of 1985 Murder

After deliberating for one day, a California jury has found Christian Gerhartsreiter guilty of first-degree murder. The man who once used the alias "Clark Rockefeller" was convicted of the murder of John Sohus who disappeared along with his wife Linda in 1985. Gerhartsreiter's defense tried to blame the murder on Linda Sohus, who has never been found. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:43 AM

Kidnap Couple Returned From Cuba

The couple accused of kidnapping their two young sons and fleeing by boat to Cuba has been booked into a Florida jail after being handed over to U.S. authorities. According to a website for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Joshua Michael Hakken and his wife Sharyn are being held at the jail early Wednesday on a number of charges including kidnapping, child neglect and interference with custody. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:42 AM

Ohio Rejects Mercy for Child Killer

The Ohio Parole Board has recommended against mercy for a condemned killer who says he intended to rape his girlfriend's 6-month-old daughter but not to kill her. Attorneys for death row inmate Steven Smith say evidence shows the baby died because Smith was too drunk to realize his sexual assault was killing the child. The Ohio Parole Board turned down Smith's request for clemency, which included the argument that a death sentence must involve an intent to kill. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:42 AM

Five Arrested in Rooftop Bank Heists

In a case straight out of a heist movie, police arrested five men in a burglary crew that sawed into Los Angeles-area banks through the roofs and netted a total of $6 million, authorities said. The arrests capped a yearlong investigation of the men, who police say were involved in a scheme that targeted at least four Southern California banks since August 2011. "This is something out of a movie script," Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca told reporters. "We're talking about a rooftop serial heist crew. We're talking about a lot of money, about $6 million total." Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:42 AM

Hermit Living in Wild for 27 Years Arrested

A man who lived like a hermit for decades in a makeshift camp in the central Maine woods and may be responsible for widespread thefts of food and other staples has been captured, authorities said. Christopher Knight, 47, was arrested last week when he tripped a surveillance sensor set up by a game warden while stealing food from a youth camp in Rome, State Police said in a court affidavit. Authorities found the campsite where they believed Knight, known as the North Pond Hermit in local lore, has lived for 27 years. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:41 AM

Teen Escapee Was Drunk in Nevada Crash

Prosecutors say a California juvenile detention escapee had a blood-alcohol percentage of 0.12 after a freeway a crash that killed five Southern California family members and injured two others. Eighteen-year-old Jean Ervin Soriano was charged with seven felony driving under the influence charges and two misdemeanors in the early March 30 wreck on Interstate 15 outside Las Vegas. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:41 AM

Woman Faked Cancer to Buy Heroin

A Long Island woman has been indicted on charges of faking cancer so she could get donations to support her heroin addiction. Suffolk County prosecutors said an indictment charged 21-year-old Brittany Ozarowski, formerly of Selden, with fraud. Ozarowski hit up local businesses, approached neighbors, and even started a website and a Facebook page in order to collect donations to treat what she said was an aggressive cancer that had spread to her spine and brain. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:41 AM

'Marijuana Freak' Hurd to Plead Guilty

Former Bears receiver Sam Hurd will change his plea formally to guilty in Dallas in his federal drug case, his lawyer said. The former Northern Illinois player, currently in prison, is charged with drug conspiracy, accused of conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana beginning in July 2011 and continuing through June 6, 2012. Read more...




Posted by Webmaster at 02:40 AM

April 10, 2013

14 Hurt in College Stabbing Spree

At least 14 people were hurt in a stabbing spree at a Texas community college apparently carried out by a student who was later taken into custody, authorities said. At least two victims were in critical condition. The stabbing happened at the CyFair campus of Lone Star College, in the Houston suburb of Cypress. Law enforcement officials have identified student Dylan Andrew Quick, 20, as the suspected assailant, and the Harris County District Attorney's Office will soon file charges against him. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:14 AM

'Rockefeller' Jury Begins Deliberations

After a presentation by the prosecutor that seemed to have many in the court spellbound, jurors today began deliberating in the murder trial of Christian Gerhartsreiter, the con man known as Clark Rockefeller in Massachusetts, who is accused of killing the son of his former landlord in 1985. The panel left the courtroom for their closed-door deliberations around 1 p.m Eastern Daylight Time after hearing a nearly hourlong rebuttal closing argument from the prosecutor, Habib Balian, who stitched together the circumstantial case against Gerhartsreiter. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:14 AM

Texas Executes Longtime Criminal

A Texas convict with a lengthy criminal history has been executed for fatally shooting a man and raping the slain man's fiancee. Fifty-year-old Rickey Lynn Lewis received a lethal injection for the murder of 45-year-old George Newman more than 22 years ago. Newman's slaying and the rape of Newman's fiancee took place at their home in a rural area of Smith County, about 90 miles east of Dallas. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:13 AM

'Benzo Fury' Party Drug Poses Risks

A new designer party drug being sold legally in the United States and the United Kingdom may pose more risks than its younger users realize. "Benzo Fury" may be dangerous to users because it produces both stimulant and hallucinogenic effects, researchers say. Because the drug is legal, young people erroneously think it is safe to use, the experts said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:13 AM

Pilot Charged in Alcohol Incident

An American Eagle pilot has been charged with three gross misdemeanors after authorities say he failed a blood-alcohol test as he prepared to fly out of the Minneapolis airport in January. Forty-eight-year-old Kolbjorn Jarle Kristiansen was arrested at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Jan. 4 after airport police said they smelled alcohol on his breath before a flight to New York City. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:13 AM

UW Tight End Charged With DUI

UW tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was charged today with a misdemeanor DUI by the Seattle City Attorney's office following its investigation into an incident on March 9 when the junior was arrested following a one-car accident on March 9. The Seattle City Attorney's office said Seferian-Jenkins registered a blood-alcohol level of .18 percent, above the state's legal limit of .08 percent. He will be sent a summons to appear in Seattle Municipal Court at a later date. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:12 AM

Orlando Brown Arrested for DUI

Former "That's So Raven" television star Orlando Brown was in custody after being arrested in North Hollywood on suspicion of drunk driving. Brown, 25, was arrested on Lankershim Boulevard and booked on suspicion of drunk driving. The actor was being held on a $26,000 arrest warrant from a previous DUI arrest, according to multiple media reports. Read more...




Posted by Webmaster at 03:12 AM

April 09, 2013

Father Held in Shooting of 5-Month-Old

A Utah judge denied bond to a young father accused of plotting for a month before killing his infant son with a rifle. Joshua Petersen, of American Fork, will stay locked up until formal charges are filed. Utah County prosecutor Craig Johnson says a police sergeant testified that the 21-year-old planned for a month to shoot his 5-month-old son and did so last Friday. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 04:50 AM

Deputy Helped Dangerous Inmate Escape

The sheriff's department in Denver says a deputy has been arrested after he was accused of helping a fugitive who left the county jail wearing a deputy's uniform. The deputy was identified as Matthew Andrews, a two-year veteran of the department. He's accused of assisting the escape, a class-three felony. Andrews was arrested at Denver police headquarters. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 04:50 AM

Kidnapped Florida Boys in Cuba?

Officials believe a Florida couple suspected of kidnapping their two sons from the woman's parents are in Cuba. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office reports that it received information Monday that the Hakken family had arrived on the island nation. Investigators say they're working with the FBI and the U.S. State Department to verify their reports. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 04:50 AM

Man Arrested In Death Of 2-Year-Old

A 20-year-old San Bernardino County man has been arrested in the death of 2-year-old boy. Michael Lucero, of Ontario, was arrested on April 4 on suspicion of causing corporal injury to a child which resulted in death. According to Ontario police, the unidentified boy was brought to Kaiser Hospital via ambulance after becoming unresponsive at his home. Read more...

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Two Utah Teens Charged With Murder

A pair of teenage boys were charged with first-degree felony murder in adult court in connection with the fatal shooting of a 33-year-old man, whose body was found in the Colorado River. Brody Blu Kruckenberg and Charles Anthony Nelson, both 16, also were charged with second-degree felony obstruction of justice in Grand County’s 7th District court in Moab. The teens were arrested Sunday after the Grand County Sheriff’s Office received information about the disappearance of Gregorio Salazar Campos, who had been reported missing on March 29. Read more...

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Man Stole $75,000 Worth of Soup

A 51-year-old Orlando man was arrested on charges that he stole a tractor trailer containing $75,000 worth of soup, authorities said. Eusebio Diaz Acosta, 51, faces charges of grand theft of cargo worth $50,000 or more and grand theft of a motor vehicle following his arrest on the Florida's Turnpike, according to authorities. Read more...

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Man Reports Himself Driving Drunk

A northern Indiana man who called 911 and told dispatchers he was driving drunk and needed to be taken off the road got his wish when a sheriff's deputy arrived. State Police say 24-year-old Matthew Devore of Loganspo State Police say Devore lost control of his car early Monday and it ended up in a grassy median with a flat tire. Read more...




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April 08, 2013

Michael Jackson Civil Trial Begins

As jury selection continues in a civil trial brought by the family of pop singer Michael Jackson against the company who was promoting his concerts, a judge has ruled cameras will not be allowed in the courtroom. Jackson's mother Katherine and his three children are suing AEG Live for negligence and breach of contract for hiring the doctor who gave him a lethal dose of anesthetics. Anschutz Entertainment Group claims that it was Jackson, not the company, who hired Dr. Conrad Murray. Read more...

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Fugitive Seen Entering Mexico

Los Angeles police say a video camera recorded the main suspect in last month's abduction of a 10-year-old girl crossing the border into Mexico. Police spokesman Kevin Maiberger said the video of 30-year-old Tobias Summers was recorded at the Tecate border crossing east of San Diego. The kidnap victim vanished from her home in the early morning hours of March 27 and was dropped off hours later at a hospital. Read more...

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Pickup Found in Florida Double Kidnapping

An abandoned pickup truck police say may have been used by an "anti-government" man to kidnap his two young sons from their grandmother's house has been found in Florida. Hakken put the boys, still in their pajamas, into their grandmother's 2009 silver Toyota Camry and drove off, police believe. They think he traded cars a few blocks away for a black Sierra pickup matching the description of the one found. Read more...

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Judge Wants Speedy Stoller Trial

A Georgia judge says he wants a trial before the year ends for a teenager charged with fatally shooting a baby in the face. Glynn County Superior Court Judge Stephen Kelley told attorneys Friday he expects a 2013 trial for 17-year-old De'Marquise Elkins. The suspect is charged with malice murder in the slaying of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago two weeks ago in the coastal city of Brunswick. Police say the child was shot as Elkins and a younger teenager tried to rob the boy's mother. Read more...

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Man Sentenced in Beheading of Girlfriend

A man who pleaded guilty to murder in the beheading of his pregnant girlfriend on a New York City rooftop in 1989 was sentenced to 18 years to life in prison. Philip Ward apologized tearfully for killing Veronica Bowen, who was six weeks pregnant. The 46-year-old Ward, who pleaded guilty on March 22, is already in prison for killing the woman who became his girlfriend after Bowen's death. The sentences will run consecutively. Bowen's naked, headless body was found on the rooftop of an upper Manhattan apartment building. Her head was never found. Read more...

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Man Gets Life in Officers' Deaths

An Alaska man has been sentenced to prison for life in the 2010 shooting deaths of two Hoonah police officers, in a case that rocked that tiny community and galvanized the state's law enforcement community. State court Judge David George on Friday sentenced John Marvin Jr. to two consecutive sentences of 99 years in the deaths of Hoonah Police Sgt. Anthony Wallace and officer Matthew Tokuoka. Read more...

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Mom of Frozen Newborn Sentenced

A northern Illinois woman who admitted leaving a newborn daughter to freeze to death along a rural roadway in 2004 was sentenced to 50 years in prison. Katie Stockton, 32, faced up to 60 years in prison for the death of the infant, who became known as Baby Crystal around the Rock River Valley after her frozen remains were found. Winnebago County prosecutors dropped 11 remaining murder charges in exchange for her guilty plea in February to a single count of first-degree murder. Read more...

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Man Used Xbox to Murder Girlfriend

A Lauderhill, Florida man was arrested after he admitted to killing his girlfriend. Darrius Johnson, 22, told police that he stabbed Monica Gooden, 20 to death in order to sacrifice her for the betterment of the two. When police arrived at Gooden's home, they found a broken and bloody Xbox 360 console and knives next to her body. Darrius Johnson also mentioned to authorities that Gooden would not die and that he had to fight her like a dragon. Johnson also said that he had to sacrifice someone who had the Taurus astrological sign. Read more...

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Jenna Jameson Arrested for Battery

Former adult film actress Jenna Jameson was reportedly arrested for battery. Jameson, 38, got into an altercation with an unnamed victim in Newport Beach, California, ahead of attending a birthday party in her honor at a club in Anaheim, Ca. Jameson was previously arrested for a DUI last year, after crashing her car into a light pole. Read more...

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Actor Wesley Snipes Released From Prison

Actor Wesley Snipes has been released from a federal prison where he was serving a three-year sentence after being convicted on tax charges in February 2010. The release to a supervised residential location in New York occurred last week, the Federal Bureau of Prisons said. Snipes, 50, who starred in the "Blade" action movies and "White Men Can't Jump," had been serving time at a federal prison in Pennsylvania. A jury convicted him of willfully failing to file tax returns for 1999, 2000 and 2001. Snipes was acquitted of felony tax fraud and conspiracy charges. Read more...

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Triple Slaying at Marijuana Grow House

Authorities in eastern Idaho are investigating the shooting deaths of two men and a woman whose bodies were found in a home that contained a marijuana grow operation. The deaths took place sometime between Thursday afternoon and evening by someone who had some type of relationship with the victims, the Oneida County Sheriff's Office said. The bodies were discovered Friday outside Holbrook, a town of about 400 people just north of the Idaho-Utah state line. Read more...

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DUI Driver Dies After Police Use Taser

An investigation is under way after a suspected drunk driver died Friday after he was Tasered by police in Koreatown. According to authorities, LAPD officers pulled up to the scene of the car wreck around 11:20 p.m. The driver, police say, appeared to be drunk and was combative. "This individual was involved in a hit-and-run crime. There may be some intoxication involved, a lot of physical exertion and that is usually the case with Tasers," LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said. Read more...

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Texas WR Sanders Arrested for DWI

University of Texas receiver Kendall Sanders has been arrested on a drunken-driving charge. A Texas A&M University police spokesman said Sanders was arrested after being stopped for an unspecified traffic violation about 2:40 a.m. The College Station street runs through campus but isn't on A&M property. Brazos County records show that Sanders was booked into the county jail just after 5 a.m. and released on $3,000 bond before 8 a.m. Read more...




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April 05, 2013

Holmes' Psychiatrist Warned of Threat

A psychiatrist who treated James Holmes told campus police a month before the Colorado theater attack that Holmes had homicidal thoughts and was a danger to the public, according to documents. Dr. Lynne Fenton, a psychiatrist at the University of Colorado, Denver, told police in June that the shooting suspect also threatened and intimidated her. It was more than a month before the July 20 attack at a movie theater that killed 12 and injured 70. Read more...

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Murder Suspect Shoots Mississippi Cop

A murder suspect being interviewed at the Jackson, Miss., police headquarters shot a detective and those who came to investigate the gunfire found both men dead, authorities said. The suspect, who was not identified, was being questioned on the third floor of the building when the shooting happened, said Police Chief Rebecca Coleman. Read more...

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Ohio Gets Death for Craigslist Plot

A self-styled street preacher was sentenced to death in the killings of three down-and-out men lured by bogus job offers posted on Craigslist. The jury that convicted Richard Beasley of murder recommended that he face execution. The judge had the option of reducing the sentence to life in prison. Beasley, 53, was convicted of teaming up with a teenager in 2011 to use the promise of jobs on a southeast Ohio farm to lure them into robberies. Three men were killed, and a fourth who was wounded testified at Beasley's trial. Read more...

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Arias Jury Will Not Be Sequestered

The judge in Jodi Arias' murder case denied a defense motion to order jurors sequestered for the remainder of the trial during a bizarre week when one panelist was removed and videos emerged of Arias' parents telling authorities she has mental problems. Defense attorney Kirk Nurmi sought the sequestration after noting the release of the footage and parts of Arias' journal to the media, explaining it could bias the jury. Read more...

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Two Jail Escapees Captured

A capital murder suspect and a convicted drug offender who escaped an East Texas jail have been apprehended. Authorities say Brian Allen Tucker and John Marlin King were caught in the town of Cooper, about 20 miles from the jail. Hopkins County sheriff's Deputy Alvin Jordan says the inmates were being returned to the Hopkins County Jail in Sulphur Springs. Read more...

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Auburn Covered Up Widespread 'Spice' Use

One day after an independent website broke the story of bribery and corruption at Auburn prior to winning the 2010 football national championship, ESPN reported that the team used so much synthetic marijuana that it led to widespread failed drug tests. The ESPN investigation said top university official knew of failed drug tests and made an effort to keep the tests secret. Read more...

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Alameda Ta'amu Gets Probation For DUI

Last year, Steelers rookie defensive lineman Alameda Ta'amu was involved in a DUI incident that extended far beyond the run-of-the-mill drunk driving arrest. A fourth-round pick in 2012, Ta'amu allegedly evaded the police, crashing his vehicle into other cars after nearly running over an officer whose gun was drawn. He was charged with felony counts of fleeing police, aggravated assault while driving drunk, and three counts of aggravated assault, along with 10 misdemeanors including resisting arrest, attempting escape, drunk driving, and failure to obey traffic laws. Ta'amu has pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, and drunk driving. For his sentence, he'll spend four days in a "DUI hotel" and serve 18 months probation. Read more...


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April 04, 2013

Man Admits to Killing Teen 23 Years Ago

A New Jersey man told a judge in his first court appearance since turning himself in to police that he would plead guilty to the killing a teen 23 years ago. "I did the crime. I'm prepared to do whatever I got to do," said Steven L. Goff, 41, of Ventnor. But the hearing in Superior Court was not to accept a plea, and the judge warned him anything he said could be used against him. He also told him he needed to get a lawyer. Read more...

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Father Kidnaps Two Young Sons

Authorities are searching for two young boys they believe were kidnapped by their father from their maternal grandparents' Florida home after their grandmother was tied up. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office asked for the public's help in locating the boys, 4-year-old Cole Hakken and 2-year-old Chase Hakken. Authorities allege that their father, 35-year-old Joshua Michael Hakken, entered his mother-in-law's house north of Tampa, tied her up and fled with the children. They said the children could be in a black 2006 GMC pickup owned by their father. Read more...

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Two Charged in Kidnapping of 10-Year-Old

Two men with criminal pasts were charged in the kidnapping of a 10-year-old girl who was abducted at knifepoint and sexually assaulted after being taken from her Los Angeles home in the middle of the night. Prosecutors filed nearly three dozen counts of sexual assault against 30-year-old fugitive Tobias Summers. He also faces kidnapping and burglary charges along with suspected accomplice Daniel Martinez. Authorities believe Martinez waited in a car outside the girl's home and drove a short distance with Summers and the girl after they emerged from the house. Martinez then left and wasn't involved any further, prosecutors said. Read more...

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Gang Members Sought in Prisons Chief Death

Authorities investigating the death of Colorado's prisons chief are telling law enforcement officers to be on the lookout for two known associates of a white supremacist prison gang. El Paso County sheriff's Lt. Jeff Kramer said an officer safety bulletin was sent out regarding James Lohr, 47, and Thomas Guolee, 31. Lohr and Guolee aren't being called suspects in the death of Colorado Department of Corrections chief Tom Clements, but their names have surfaced during the investigation, Kramer said. He wouldn't elaborate. Read more...

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Gang Founder Re-Sentenced to 108 Years

One of the founders of a white supremacist Colorado prison gang was re-sentenced Wednesday to 108 years in prison for gang activities behind bars, ruling out parole for a man the judge called "a thoroughly dangerous individual." Benjamin Davis was serving a 30-year sentence for robberies he committed when he was 19 when authorities say he helped start the 211 Crew. While in prison, he was convicted of charges related to his gang involvement, including racketeering and assault, and sentenced to 108 years in 2007. In February, the state appeals court ordered that a judge review whether the 38-year-old should serve the sentences back-to-back for 138 years total or 108 years, which might give Davis a chance at parole. Read more...

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Alaska Woman Acquitted of Murdering Husband

A jury acquitted an Alaska woman who shot her husband six times as he slept, killing him, after she said the man held her against her will and tortured her for three days. A Palmer jury found Lisa Donlon not guilty on all counts after several days of deliberations following a four-week trial. Donlon was charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. She shot her husband, Jason Donlon, once in the head and five times in the back with a .45-caliber handgun while he slept Oct. 7, 2010. The mother of three called 911 to report the shooting. Read more...

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West Virginia Sheriff Fatally Shot

Sheriff Eugene Crum, a lawman known for cracking down on the drug trade in southern West Virginia's coalfields, was fatally shot Wednesday in the spot where he usually parked his car for lunch, a state official said, and a suspect was in custody. State Police told Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin that Crum, the Mingo County Sheriff, died of his wounds, said his chief of staff Rob Alsop. The suspect, who was also shot, was taken to a hospital in Logan, Alsop said. The courthouse was evacuated, streets into the city of Williamson were blocked off and officers held white sheets around the crime scene. Crum's body was further shielded by two vehicles. Read more...

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Woman With 24 Suspensions Gets DUI

A woman was accused of driving on a suspended license and crashing into a car while she was high on a substance. Ann Marie Cummings, 44, was charged with operating while intoxicated second offense and driving while license suspended or revoked. Police said the crash happened when Cummins rear-ended another car. Cummins tried to leave the scene, but did not get far. Read more...

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DJ Clue Arrested on Drug Charges

Noted disc jockey and radio star DJ Clue was busted at a checkpoint in lower Manhattan and cops said they found drugs in his Range Rover. DJ Clue, 39, was charged for the illegal substances as well as for driving with a suspended license following the 2:15 a.m. stop on Varick St. His license, a police source said, had been suspended eight times. Read more...

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John Clark Gable Denies Driving Drunk

John Clark Gable breaks silence after he was arrested after crashing into six parked vehicles for allegedly driving under influence. He said he "absolutely was not drinking" alcohol before the accident, saying the only medication he's currently taking is for a minor leg injury from mountain biking. The son of Hollywood legend Clark Gable, however, admits he fell unconscious for an unknown reason before his car crashed. According to him, the last thing he remembers was getting cut off by a van, and when he woke up, he had hit a phone pole. Read more...


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April 03, 2013

Bulger's Lawyers Argue Immunity Deal

Attorneys for reputed gangster James "Whitey" Bulger are arguing that authorities in Massachusetts should keep their end of an alleged deal granting him immunity from federal prosecution. Bulger's attorneys made the argument in papers filed in federal court in Boston. The 83-year-old Bulger is accused of playing a role in 19 killings. In their filing, his attorneys say Bulger was an FBI informant whose deal with authorities gave him immunity from federal prosecution in return for cooperation. Read more...

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Suspect Surrenders in $1M Gold Heist

A San Francisco Bay area man has turned himself in to authorities after being identified as a suspect in the theft of more than $1 million of gold and other items from a far Northern California county courthouse. David Dean Johnson, 49, of El Cerrito surrendered to a sheriff's detective. He is being held at Siskiyou County Jail in Yreka with bail set at $1 million. Johnson and 51-year-old Scott Wayne Bailey of El Sobrante were recently named as suspects in the 2012 heist at the Siskiyou County Superior Courthouse in Yreka. About $1.3 million in gold, jewelry and artifacts were taken from a display case in the courthouse lobby. Read more...

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Juror Removed in Arias Trial

An Arizona judge dismissed a female juror Tuesday in the murder trial of Jodi Arias, but denied the defense's motion for a mistrial. Judge Sherri Stephens dismissed juror number 5, a married, white woman in her 30s. The woman has multi-colored hair and was said to be observant and a good note-taker. Arias' attorneys claimed "juror misconduct" was discovered during a closed proceeding last week, though they didn't cite specifics. Read more...

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Trial to Revisit Michael Jackson's Life

Jury selection has begun in a Los Angeles civil trial that will revisit the checkered life and sudden death of superstar Michael Jackson before a planned comeback that he had hoped would revive his tattered personal and musical reputation. Jackson's elderly mother Katherine is suing AEG Live, the promoters of a never-realized series of 2009 London concerts, for the wrongful death of her son, alleging they were negligent in hiring Dr Conrad Murray to care for the singer while he rehearsed for a planned series of 50 shows. Read more...

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Ex-Wife of 'Clark Rockefeller' Testifies

The woman who married a notorious Rockefeller impostor and bore his child told jurors in his murder trial how she was charmed by the bright, quirky man during their 12-year-marriage. Sandra Boss, 45, said she ­believed everything the man, who called himself Clark Rockefeller, told her about himself. Testifying in court, Boss said the couple met in 1993 when she was studying for her MBA at Harvard University and was invited to a cocktail party at his New York apartment. The theme was the game Clue, and they came in costume. Read more...

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Car Towed With Body Inside

The body of a missing North Carolina woman was found inside her wrecked car, three days after it was ordered by a state trooper to be towed away from the crash scene. Carolyn Ann Watkins, 62, of Clayton was reported missing by her son early Monday after she failed to show up at work. An accident report filed Friday by N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Marlon Williams shows her crashed 2000 Pontiac was found Friday morning in a deep ditch near Smithfield, about 30 miles southeast of Raleigh. Both air bags deployed. "Note: No driver at the scene of this collision," Williams wrote in his report. Read more...

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Arizona Authorities Target Synthetic Drugs

County attorneys in Arizona who have targeted the proliferation of legal synthetic drugs like "spice" and "bath salts" are reportedly seeing their efforts make their way into the courtroom. The Arizona Republic reports that a federal indictment filed late last week in U.S. District Court in Phoenix reveals the international scope of the conspiracy to traffic those drugs and the large amounts of money that may be involved. Read more...

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D.A. Fights Kennedy DUI Dismissal

New York prosecutors are asking a judge to deny a motion to dismiss a drugged-driving case against Kerry Kennedy, the ex-wife of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. In court documents, prosecutors argue that Kennedy's case should move forward as it would for other first-time offenders. Lawyers for Kennedy had argued in a motion filed in North Castle Town Court last month that she had accidently taken a sleeping pill on July 13, 2012, before she swerved into a tractor-trailer on a highway and was arrested. Read more...


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April 02, 2013

Theater Shooter Facing Death Penalty

Rejecting a guilty plea offer from the accused, Colorado prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty for the 25-year-old man who killed 12 people at an Aurora movie theater in July. James Holmes has been charged with 24 counts of first-degree murder in connection with the shooting during a Batman movie. For each victim, Holmes is charged with one count of premeditated murder and one count of murder with extreme indifference to the value of human life. Read more...

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Man Arrested for Kidnapping of 10-Year-Old

Los Angeles police say they've made an arrest in the kidnapping of a 10-year-old girl who vanished from her home in the middle of the night and was found hours later six miles away. Daniel Martinez, 29, of West Hills, Calif., was arrested in connection with the kidnapping. The girl was abducted around 3 a.m. last Wednesday and found about 12 hours later, wandering near a Starbucks several miles away. She was barefoot, had bruises and scratches, and wasn't wearing the same clothes she had on when she vanished. Read more...

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Ex-Wife to Testify in 'Rockefeller' Trial

As the murder trial of Rockefeller impersonator Christian Gerhartsreiter resumes Tuesday, his ex-wife Sandra Boss, who was deceived into 12 years of marriage and bearing his child under the Rockefeller name, is scheduled to take the witness stand. The prosecution wants the jury to consider that the same man capable of perpetrating a heartless con job on his own wife and child could also commit murder. Read more...

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Woman Arrested for April Fool's Prank

A Virginia woman who falsely reported a Monday morning robbery at a Waffle House as an April Fools' Day prank has been arrested by police. Susan Alexandria Tinker, 20, an employee at a Hampton, Va., branch of the Waffle House chain, allegedly called local authorities just before 6 a.m. Monday and claimed the restaurant was raided by robbers five minutes earlier, Hampton Police Division Cpl. Mary Shackelford said. Read more...

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28 Magnificent Mile Teens Arrested

Chicago's warmest day of the year quickly turned overheated as hundreds of youths went wilding in downtown Saturday — the latest example of this emerging, unfortunate rite of spring. "This was a planned attack," community activist Andrew Holmes said. "You had these many people down here and that many people just running from one side of the street, jumping on people on the east side, then they come back on the west side and jump on the people." Read more...

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'Buckwild' Cast Member Found Dead

The cause of the deaths of "Buckwild" cast member Shain Gandee and two others whose bodies were found in a vehicle likely will be determined in autopsies by the state's chief medical examiner. Gandee's body and that of his uncle, David, were found Monday in a Ford Bronco in a wooded area near Thaxton Hollow in Sissonville, according to a news release from the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office. The sheriff's office confirmed their identities, but said the third person found has not been positively identified. Family members said the third person is Robert Myers, 27. Read more...

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Drunk Burglar Found Passed Out in Closet

A burglar was found passed out drunk in a closet of a New Haven home. Police say the responded after the homeowner Michael Ross, 43, found blood and his kitchen window broken. After searching his home, Ross found Robert Mero, 52, unconscious and bleeding in his second floor bedroom closet. He had been drinking. Read more...


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April 01, 2013

Gunfire Claims 2nd Prosecutor

After the daylight assassination of his deputy two months ago, Mike McLelland, the district attorney in largely rural Kaufman County, responded with a flash of angry bravado, denigrating the perpetrators as "scum" and vowing to hunt them down. Authorities found McLelland, 63, and his wife, Cynthia, 65, shot to death inside their home in Forney, Tex., in Kaufman County. The killings galvanized law enforcement officials and frightened and bewildered local residents, many of them still shaken by the shooting of the deputy, Mark E. Hasse, 57, on Jan. 31. That case remains unsolved. Read more...

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4 Arrested in Killing of 2 Teens

Four people have been arrested in connection with a shooting at an Oceanside park that left two teenagers dead and injured two others earlier this month. Search warrants served at five locations led to the arrests of Santo Diaz and Michael Zurita, both 19, and Martin Melendrez, 21. The three men were booked into jail for investigation of first-degree murder and attempted murder. They also face allegations of participating in a criminal street gang. A teenage boy also was taken into custody. Read more...

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Man Charged in Drive-By Shooting of 4-Year-Old

A Ferguson man on probation for illegal possession of drugs and weapons was charged in the shooting of a 4-year-old girl in the city's Dutchtown neighborhood. Nathaniel J. Pool, 23, was charged with seven counts of first-degree assault and seven counts of armed criminal action. Pool was being held in lieu of a $200,000 cash bail. Police said the girl and her mother were walking up the front steps of a home when Pool fired shots at them. Read more...

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Man Kills Father Outside Church

Easter weekend came to a deadly end after police said a man shot and killed his father right outside of a church. It happened at Hiawatha Church of God in Christ around 1:15p.m. Sunday. At least 140 people were inside the church when everyone heard a gun shot. There were several children among the congregation. "It was a nightmare," said Steve Sargent, who is an associate pastor. Police said an Ashtabula resident waited outside of the main entrance of the church with a handgun. When the suspect's father walked out, there was a short fight and a shot fired. Read more...

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Homeowner Shoots, Kills Intruder

A Philadelphia man shot and killed an intruder who broke into his home while he and his two young children were sleeping, police say. Lee Heng, 63, told officers he felt he had no choice but to fire at two men who he says broke into his home through a second story bathroom window. One suspect died but the second escaped. Surveillance footage shows the second suspect, who police say is a man in his 30s with a medium build, fleeing the scene. Read more...

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Stephen Baldwin Pleads Guilty to Tax Charge

Actor Stephen Baldwin pleaded guilty to repeated failure to file income taxes for three years and will pay $300,000 in back taxes, his attorney Russell Yankwitt said. Baldwin initially needed to pay $400,000 in back taxes, interest and penalties, but the court waived interest and penalties, which brought the total to $350,000, Yankwitt said. The court then reduced that amount to $300,000, for which Baldwin was very grateful, Yankwitt said. If Baldwin pays back the money within a year, the charge will be taken off his record, the attorney said. If not, Baldwin will be sentenced to five years' probation and have five years to repay the money, Yankwitt said. Read more...

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Teen Arrested After Crash Kills Five

Five members of a Southern California family were killed in southern Nevada when their van was rear-ended by an 18-year-old driver who was later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, authorities said. The five dead were among seven family members who were in the van, authorities said. The other two — the 40-year-old female driver and a 15-year-old boy — were hospitalized in critical condition. The van was carrying a couple, their children and some aunts and uncles, he said. Killed were three men in their 40s, a teenage female and an adult female. Read more...

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'Glee' Star Cory Monteith Checks Into Rehab

Glee star Cory Monteith has entered a rehab facility. The 30-year-old actor, who plays Finn on Fox's musical comedy/drama, "voluntarily admitted himself to a treatment facility for substance addiction," his publicist told People. He graciously asks for your respect and privacy as he takes the necessary steps towards recovery." Lea Michele, Monteith's girlfriend and castmate, also told the magazine: "I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this. I am grateful and proud he made this decision." Read more...


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